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The 2nd round shows that the Social Democrats have a more stable support. That support was not strong enough to take more candidates to the 2nd round, but it was more telling in the second round. They beat Darbo 13-3 in the run-offs, making all the difference between these two parties.

The 35.86% voter activity in the second round was considerably higher than 4 years ago (27.56%). So despite unattractiveness of choices (perhaps), more people took time to express their choice.

I saw a sign of dissatisfaction in Uspaskich, but he has other problems beside loosing the 2nd round - more on this later.

The party programs were a joke; most parties (including the Hoemland Union) posted them in the last month. Paksas was a prime-minister (twice) in 1999-2001 as a conservative, and his party campaigns looked vaguely nationalistic. But on current economic issues, Paksas indicated that he does not support the liberal-conservative solutions.

by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 11:14:55 AM EST
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